Nonviolent Response to Terrorism

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About the Book

Terrorism, which by definition targets civilians, is unacceptable, but a violent response to violence usually causes more violence. This book outlines some of the best thinking about nonviolent methods of resisting terrorism in the growing fields of international aid and nonviolent interposition.
The first section covers immediate nonviolent response to terrorism: international negotiations, mediations, and adjudication, UN and citizen sanctions, cross-cultural communication, citizen initiatives, international treaties and the World Court, the International Criminal Court, and nonviolent resistance through raising consciousness to mobilization and resisting state-sponsored terror. The second section, on long-term non-violent response to terrorism, discusses halting arms trade and militarism, stopping arms flow to terrorists, “defunding” the military, building sustainable just economies, aid to the poor, reducing privileged overconsumption, peace and conflict education, understanding and using the media, refugee repatriation, and helping indigenous liberation struggles.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

Tom H. Hastings teaches in the graduate program of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.

Bibliographic Details

Tom H. Hastings
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: notes, references, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1874-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-2712-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initialisms, Definitions      7

Introduction      9

Part I. Immediate Nonviolent Response      21

One : Smart Sanctions      23

Two : Mediation      33

Three : Law      61

Four : Nonviolent Resistance      86

Part II. Long-Term Nonviolent Response      113

Five : Halt Arms Trade and Militarism      116

Six : Build Sustainable Just Economies      130

Seven : Education and Media      157

Eight : Refugee Repatriation and Support of Indigenous Struggles      183

Nine : Conclusions      201

Appendix: Three Essays      213

Bel Canto Forgiveness Narrative: Terror and the Philosophy of Conflict Resolution      213

Plato, Socrates and Love Combat Terrorism      227

Perception Is Reality: Apathy Breeds Terrorism      229

Index      237

Book Reviews & Awards

“readable, informed, and well-documented…combines the concrete experience of an activist and the theoretical knowledge of a scholar…insightful reflections…invaluable contribution…highly recommended”—Choice.